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Awards for Throne of Glass:
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012
Amazon Best Book of 2012
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2012
Amazon Best Book of 2012
Posted July 12, 2014
THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE
These are the best novellas to go with a series that I've read so far, and for that, this book deserves full five stars. (Of course, it deserves the rating in many other ways as well.) I don't read many novellas because I prefer full length novels, but in The Assassin's Blade , the length of each story didn't bother me at all because they all fit together to form a much longer one.
I loved learning more about Celaena's past and the people that were in her life (namely Sam, Arobynn, and Ansel) before the star of Throne of Glass. They were both fun and . . . not-so-fun (I'm referring to the painful parts) to read, but I enjoyed reading each novella!
THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD
This one was the most fun. Sam was introduced--and I started getting a little attached to him. I loved seeing he and Celaena work together against the pirates. There was a lot of cool action and the assassin's sure showed their skills (which are pretty darn good).
THE ASSASSIN AND THE HEALER
This one was very short, but it was a nice read! I loved Yrene's step from a weak, defenseless-seeming girl to one that was capable of protecting herself and choosing her own destiny. I also loved Celaena's role--despite being Adarlin's Assassin, she does have a heart.
THE ASSASSIN AND THE DESERT
This novella . . . well, let's just say it explains Celaena's distrust of certain people in Throne of Glass.
THE ASSASSIN AND THE UNDERWORLD
My emotions were all over the place during this one. There were happy moments and victorious ones. There were also very tense ones. A couple parts (mainly the ones with Lysandra), I felt as irritated as Celaena. This novella made me a little sad because I was dreading how much closer I was to what happens in the last one.
THE ASSASSIN AND THE EMPIRE
Wow. So many feels. This on broke my heart.
I LOVED the note on which it ended, though. It was perfect!
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Posted May 22, 2015
As this collection progresses, so does the development of the primary characters to the extent that by the end of the final story, you have developed a close relationship with the protagonists, and a visceral antipathy towards the antagonists. This fiction is engrossing to say the least.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 30, 2015
For some reason, I don't usually like to read short stories, but the way these flowed one into another, almost made them feel like another novel.
I hate to leave Celaena and not know what happens to her until September. It's hard to believe an author can make you feel compassion for an assassin, but Sarah Maas did it flawlessly.
Posted February 23, 2015
These novellas were wonderful and I loved learning more about Celaena and her past.. Each novella shows a piece of her past that provides an explanation to certain parts of the first book. I recommend these novellas to anyone who wants to learn more about her, learn about her time in the Assassin's Keep with Arobynn, or just wants to read more books in the world Maas has created! Also, I believe some of the characters she meets in these novellas will play a role in the future of the series ;)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 20, 2015
The Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas, is a collection of five prequel novellas to Throne of Glass, chronicling assassin Celaena Sardothien’s adventures prior to that novel. I decided to read this series in chronological order rather than by order of publication, so this is my first Sarah J. Maas book. Reviews of the individual stories are below the break.
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord is not the strongest story in the collection, but it serves as a good introduction to the world and main characters. Celaena’s attitude got on my nerves and her rescue of the slaves felt thoughtless and a bit too easy. Sam, however, I adored from his first appearance and the tropical setting of this story is fun and different.
- 4 stars/B-
The Assassin and the Healer: This was the story where I started to like Celaena. In the previous story, her arrogance and occasional bad attitude annoyed me, but viewing her from another perspective reveals how bad ass she really is. Though The Assassin and the Healer is the shortest story in the collection, it is perfectly paced and it was nice to see Celaena interact with a more vulnerable female character.
- 4 stars/B+
The Assassin and the Desert: I really enjoyed this story. The desert setting is unique and beautifully depicted. Plot-wise, this novella felt complete, like a full novel, with plenty of action and interesting characters. While The Assassin and the Desert takes place outside the main setting of Rifthold, Celaena grows a lot as a character, meeting new friends, enemies and role models. My only complaint would be that the twist was rather obvious, but overall I have more to praise than to criticize about this story.
- 5 stars/A-
The Assassin and the Underworld: Probably my least favorite story of the collection, The Assassin and the Underworld mainly serves as a bridge between The Assassin and the Desert and The Assassin and the Empire. The main plot arc of this story is kind of dull, but I did enjoy the further development of Sam and Celaena’s relationship.
- 3 stars/C+
The Assassin and the Empire: This last story broke my heart. The dynamic between Sam, Celaena and Arobynn is both twisted and fascinating. Again, I guessed the culprit (to what you’ll have to read and see), but Celaena’s obliviousness only emphasized the tragedy of it all. I need like a month to recover from this story alone before starting Throne of Glass, but at the same time I can’t wait to get into the main series
- 5 stars/A
Posted January 31, 2015
Would highly recommend this book to read at any point throughout the Throne of Glass series. It really shapes out Celaena's past as an asassain, and adds to her character. Not to mention the plot is very entertaining and kept me turning the pages. Although the book is split into the 5 novellas, the novellas each take place in chronological order with the events of one leading to the next, do it was more like reading a full length prequel. The book also gives a better understanding of Celaena's relationship with Sam which was very fun to watch develop throughout thr novellas. Would highly recommend as an addition to the shelves of any Throne of Glass fan.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 2, 2015
I've had Throne of Glass on my shelf for years and have yet to read it - shameful, right? Well, when it was picked as our January Read-A-Long, I knew I had to read The Assassin's Blade first. They're prequel novellas, there was no way I was going to start a new series without all the information! Rather wise decision on my part.
I immediately knew I was going to love Celaena. She is that strong badass heroine that any woman, and man, can look up to. She knows who she is and what she stands for. We don't know much about her past prior to Arobynn finding her and training her to be Adarlan's Assassin, but I have a feeling the past will be revealed in prior novels and the mystery is killing me!
These five novellas allow us to learn who Celaena is and understand her motives a bit more while reading Throne of Glass - yes, I immediately read Throne of Glass after finishing The Assassin's Blade. Not sure how you wouldn't be able to do such a thing!
While all together these stories are a rather decently sized full novel, they stand on their own and create an excellent prologue. If you are a Throne of Glass fan, or are looking to start this series, I cannot recommend The Assassin's Blade enough - it really is the perfect beginning to what is shaping out to be an amazing series.
Posted December 1, 2014
I read all of the other books and then decided to read this. I was so glad that i had. It is so wired to like an assasin i mean who does that othr then wiered people. Not that i can claim not to be weiredWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2014
Posted September 26, 2014
Celaena is like any teenage girl with an eye for fashion, who just also happens to be the Guilds best assassin. The novellas introduces this young woman, allowing me to get into her head, discovering that underneath the veneer of a ruthless assassin is a person. I recommend these to help understand who and what Celaena is before she is thrown into the battle of becoming the Champion in Throne of Glass, the first book in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 17, 2014
The Assassin and The Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1):
Meet Celaena Sardothein, assassin for hire. She sets out to collect a debt owed to The Assassin’s guild, a group she’s been a part of ever since she was found and taken in my Arobyn Hamil. Her life is theirs and what they tell her to do, she does.
But despite her orders, the debt collection does not sit well with her. While she comes off as a person who has a hard heart, you see her soften when she sees the debt is slaves, not money. And she vows to free them, no matter the consequence.
I love this first glimpse of Celaena. I love that we see she has a conscience from the beginning, despite her profession. She’s feisty and smart and very strong. But you do see some of her insecurity start to bleed through at times, and I think it’s an important part of who she is and who she is to become. And I love that she sees the same in Sam. While she demonstrates a dislike for Sam at the beginning of the novella, you see that Sam is really the only would she actually trusts. And as their friendship grows stronger, she realizes he would help her do whatever needs to be done.
Excellent introduction to this world and its characters.
The Assassin and the Healer (Throne of Glass #0.2):
Celaena has betrayed her boss and she pays dearly for it. Arobyn Hamil beats her and then sends her off on a trek to the desert as punishment. Separated from those she knows, she stops at an Inn during her journey and meets Yrene, a barmaid who gets in the middle of a brawl.
I like that in this novella we get to see Celaena from Yrene’s perspective. Yrene is scared of her, sees her as feisty and arrogant. Yet Celaena quickly softens and teaches Yrene to defend herself. Celaena feels a pull towards this woman whose home in Ardalan was ripped away from her. Once again we see her softer side.
This was more of a short story than a novella. A way for us to get a better glimpse of exactly who Celaena is.
The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.3):
Arobyn has sent Celaena away as punishment and also to hone her craft. She has a month to study with The Silent Assassins, particularly to study with their leader and get his stamp of approval. While there, despite not wanting to, she does become friends with some of the other assassins: Ansel and Mikhail in particular. But things are not what they seem from within the compound. There is a traitor and when the compound is attacked, it takes all Celaena’s courage to defend it against the one person she thought she could trust.
Celaena has a ton of growth in this novella. She’s quite arrogant upon arrival, not really believing she needs to hone her craft. Not understanding that despite her excellent abilities as an assassin she still has so much to learn. And learn she does. What she learns is something she definitely uses, not only within this novella but also in future books.
The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.4):
Celaena has returned to the Kingdom of Ardalan and she’s given an assignment by the King. And while this novel is about her adventures in trying to do what the king has asked, it is just as much about her reconnecting with Sam. I love how Celaena slowly works through her feelings, how she slowly comes to realize that there is much more to Sam than she ever thought there was. I honestly think that this blinds her somewhat to what is actually happening around her, especially as Arobyn tries to woo her back with gifts and a plethora of apologies. She is more trusting of those she should not trust at all. She does begin to question things, but not enough to see that in the end things may not work out as she expects them to. I did like how the romance progressed and there was tons of action and moments where I held my breath. But I also know that something bad will happen soon because nothing is ever as it seems in this world!
The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.5):
I. HATE. AROBYN. There, now that I got that out of the way!
It’s really hard for me to review this one because of the emotions it brings up.
In this one we get Sam and Celaena, broken from Arobyn and trying to make it on their own. But Arobyn is sly and has no intention of letting Celaena go that easily.
This novella is filled with betrayal and sadness. I hated reading it. I thought for sure at the end Maas would say “surprise”, but alas she did not. And since I read this before the first Throne of Glass, I had no idea how it would end.
How and why Celaena gets shipped off to the Salt Mines is also revealed at the end of this novella.
A great addition to the series that gives important insight into Sam and Celaena’s relationship and what he really means to her as well as shows that the people who surround her are NEVER what they seem!
Posted July 31, 2014
WHY DO I LOVE IT SO MUCH?
Celaena is interesting yes, but the world's best assassin? No way! She is impulsive, spoiled, impatient, cannot stake out a target without getting caught, rushes headlong into missions which turn out to be traps then gets caught, gets poisoned by drinking from people she hardly knows, and apparently believes any crap told to her by anyone, which also gets her caught. So how did she become the best assasin again? The book was fun, but Maas has to understand she cannot expect her readers to just believe Celaena is the best, unless she can convince us with actions. To me, her lead character is just a comedy of errors
Posted June 12, 2014